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Great books for pre schoolers

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Tuppenyrice Sat 09-Jul-11 15:20:30

I'm weary of arguing with my 3year old daughter. Many of the books we read have male protagonists. That is fine but she insists on saying "no, it's a girl"
So, can someone please suggest some great books for her age with female leads. Many thanks.

Tuppenyrice Sun 10-Jul-11 16:00:51


IamtheSnorkMaiden Sun 10-Jul-11 16:27:02

Sophie in The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Judith Kerr
The Bog Baby - Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward
I Love You, Blue Kangaroo - Emma Chichester Clark
Miki - Stephen Mackey
The Emily Brown books by Cressida Cowell, but she might be a bit young yet to really enjoy them.
Tilly and Friends books by Polly Dunbar
Katie Morag stories - Dr Mairi Hedderwick
Naughty Little Sister - Shirley Hughes? (again she is probably a bit too young)
Daisy books (eg Eat Your Peas) by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt
Handa's Surprise - Eileen Browne

And of course all the classic fairytales like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel etc etc etc.

IamtheSnorkMaiden Sun 10-Jul-11 16:34:35

Oh and I can't believe I forgot Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman. It's a beautiful book.

Tuppenyrice Sun 10-Jul-11 17:36:56

Thank you smile
We have Miki - gorgeous book.
Will check out others too. Thanks again.

steviesmith Sun 10-Jul-11 19:56:17

Emily Brown is great. The Gruffalo's Child is another one.

The Wild Girl by Chris Wormell is fantastic. A very resourceful little girl who my DS insists is a boy so it works both ways!

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 12-Jul-11 16:14:57

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Tuppenyrice Tue 12-Jul-11 17:33:06

Thank you.
Room On The Broom is great.

Chaotica Tue 12-Jul-11 17:36:27

'Lima's red hot chilli'

Chaotica Tue 12-Jul-11 17:36:58

Stella from Earth

Tuppenyrice Wed 13-Jul-11 12:59:24

Thank you all for your replies x

farrowandballs Thu 21-Jul-11 21:06:35

The Paperbag Princess!!!

DontCallMePeanut Sun 07-Aug-11 20:54:02

The Pirate Gran books (I think there's only two, and I can't remember who wrote them)

Haven't read Blueberry Girl yet, but DS loves Wolves In The Wall (female protagonist) Again, it may be a bit old for your DD - even though it's a picture book, it's aimed at older children. DS just overtook my lap when I was reading it.)

EvilTwins Sun 07-Aug-11 20:55:53

You can get picture book versions of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books (My First Little House books) which are lovely. Try Amazon - I couldn't find any in book shops.

EdithWeston Sun 07-Aug-11 21:00:59

Try Ella's Big Chance. A lovely picture book reworking of Cinderella, in which she jilts the prince in favour of Buttons.

DontCallMePeanut Sun 07-Aug-11 21:09:41

Have added that to my list to watch out for, Edith...

I've got a game, Tradewinds, on my laptop which features a side quest based on The Little Mermaid (the Disney Version). But at the end of that, the mermaid jilts the Prince, pointing out he only wanted her for her voice.

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